British Columbia immigration department invited 302 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in a draw conducted on August 18.
The invitations rolled out in this draw went to candidates registered in the Skilled Workers and International Graduates class of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)’s Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration streams.
Candidates in the Skill Immigration: Entry-level and Semi-skilled Worker class were also invited.
The BC PNP Express Entry class or categories are open to candidates with a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system.
The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Trades Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
The SI class is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in British Columbia province.
The minimum score requirements in this draw ranged between Seventy-six (76) and Nine-eight (98) for the five EEBC and SI categories that were involved.
The minimum scores were distributed as follows:
- SI – Skilled Workers: 96
- SI – International Graduate: 98
- SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 76
- EEBC – Skilled Workers: 96
- EEBC – International Graduate: 98
In order to receive an invitation via the EEBC, 302 Immigration candidates must be registered under both the Express Entry system and B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System.
The Express Entry is the government’s application management system. Immigration candidates are given points based on human capital factors such as age, work experience, education or qualification, and language abilities in English or French.
Express Entry applicants with a provincial nomination receive an extra 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
British Columbia held three draws so far in August, including a Tech draw conducted on August 11.
Tech Pilot draws are carried out weekly and candidates are also given a score based on factors such as age, work experience, education, and language proficiency as part of the registration process.
Established in 2017, the Tech Pilot addresses labor demands in British Columbia’s tech sector that cannot be met locally. Its aim is to ensure that the British Columbia tech sector has access to the talents it requires to continue growing.
Tech Pilot candidates are free from the permanent, full-time job offer conditions that apply to most immigration categories under the BC PNP.
However, they must show a job offer that is at least one year in duration and has a minimum of 120 calendar days remaining at the time they apply for a provincial nomination.
Recently, British Columbia immigration announced that the Tech Pilot will be extended until June 2021.